, it came down to service. >> president obama asked me to be secretary of state. and i said yes. why did he ask me? and why did i say yes? because we both love our country. >> david, there's been a lot of speculation about whether hillary will run for president in 2016. possibly against the current vice president, joe biden. does this interview mean biden is picking sides here? >> reporter: you can't even say thank you in this town without a lot of political intrigue coming along with it. it wasn't an endorsement for 2016? or is he trying to say thank you through her for bill clinton for all he did at the end of the campaign, just a few months ago, getting out there and pushing for him. we don't know the answers to that. but we continue to ask those questions over the next three-plus years or two-plus years and we're in the middle of another campaign, dan. >> that's the way it goes. >>> we turn, now, to wall street's big role in the new year. the dow closed at its highest level since october 2007, before the economic collapse. the dow is now less than 300 points away from hitting an
, the first time it's happened with president obama and hillary clinton sitting down talking to "60 minutes." the whole thing airs tonight. i wonder is there talk in washington this isn't in some ways president obama picking favorites in the race to replace him in 2016 because joe biden is also talking about maybe running. >> reporter: that's right, and, you know, joe biden isn't sitting right next to the president in that interview. i don't think president obama has ever done an interview sitting next to anybody but his wife. so you bet there's a lot of talk about that, and we'll talk to our powerhouse roundtable about that. >> you even heard hillary clinton say that this is a surprise, who would have thought four years ago they would be sitting together and being so close. very interesting. also this week hearings, confirmation hearings for the president's defense choice, defense secretary choice, chuck hagel, begin. at times this seemed to vary. what are the odds this is actually going to go through? >> reporter: well, i think the chances are very good that this will go through.
last day as secretary of state. but after watching the "60 minutes" interview with president obama and secretary clinton, it seems clear we've not seen the last of her. from the moment they sat down to talk with cbs' news "60 minutes," president obama and secretary clinton, seem like they've been the best of friends for decades. >> i just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you because i think hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we had. i'm going to miss her. wish he was sticking around. hillary's been one of the most important advisers i've had on a whole range of issues. >> reporter: how did they heal the wounds from their intense rivalry? during that highly contentious 2008 primary fight. >> i can't tell who i'm running against. >> we're just getting warmed up. >> ancient history because of the people we are. also, we're professionals. >> reporter: the interview will clearly leave many wondering, was this the endorsement of a 2016 presidential run? >> i don't think either he or i can make predictions about what's going to happen tomorrow or the ne
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